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Washington State Patrol Reminds Drivers to Move Over and Save Lives

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KENNEWICK, WA-- Troopers want drivers to know they're supposed to move over for emergency vehicles. It'll save you from a ticket, but more importantly it could save lives.
Troopers say you need to move over for law enforcement, Department of Transportation, tow trucks and ambulances.

And when those vehicles are on the shoulder, drivers are supposed to move over to give them a lane's worth of space within 300 feet.

But several drivers don't follow that and officers are getting injured and dying across the country when a driver hits them.

"Imagine stopping a car on the interstate with people going by you at 70 miles per hour and standing outside your car when they do that. So that extra 12 feet of lane space give us just a little bit more room, a little more reaction time if something bad was going to happen.">

Trooper Brandt says if there isn't space in the next lane to move over, you must slow down.

If you don't move over it'll cost you a $190 ticket.


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